User Role in WordPress Explained

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Imagine you are the owner of a successful magazine.

Being the owner of a successful magazine is not easy. You gotta manage the people who work for the magazine. From top to bottom.

Without managing them properly, they will leave the establishment and find a job elsewhere.

Some of the people you gotta manage are the editors, the authors, the contributors, the subscribers and you gotta even manage the cleaners who clean the office space once in a while.

You also gotta manage their paychecks.

In other words, being the owner of a successful magazine is not easy. I said this twice in this post because it really is not easy. Thrice.

Why I’m talking about managing the people of a magazine is not easy when this post was supposed to be about WordPress User Role? If that is what’s going through your mind, well, the answer is that there is a connection between the two.

The connection is that WordPress has made it easy for you to manage the people who work for the magazine.

Now, imagine you shift your successful magazine online and chose WordPress to power the magazine.

With WordPress, you get to direct the people who work for you (except the cleaners) to create an account with your online magazine. You as the owner of the magazine will then be able to assign a suitable user role for each of the people. For example, you can assign the Editor user role to the editor of your magazine.

A user role is sort of a job position.

How are you able to assign this user role to the editor? Well, that’s because you as the owner of the magazine will be automatically given the Administrator user role in WordPress. And the Administrator will be able to do whatever he or she pleases. The power to assign the user role is one of them.

WordPress has five user roles:

Each and every user role has their own limits in WordPress, except the Administrator.

The Editor is able to publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.

The Author is able to publish and manage his or her own posts only.

The Contributor is only able to write posts without being able to publish it. The Editor or the Administrator will need to publish it on the Contributor’s behalf.

The Subscriber is only able to view and manage his or her own profile.

In other words, the user role system in WordPress will lift that burden of managing the people who work for the magazine in real life. In fact, you as the owner of the magazine can lie to the people who work for you by telling them you are going away for a client meeting, whereas you are at the bar sipping on a Mai Tai while keeping an eye on their work using just your laptop, your tablet, or your smartphone.

Or, if you trust the people who work for you, you can close down the office and get them to work from home or anywhere. That would save you tonnes of money.

Anyways, WordPress user roles can be managed under the Users section.

You can add a new user or you can edit an existing user.

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